November 23, 2014


Elyria police arrest 21 during spring roundup


Anna Merriman

The Chronicle-Telegram

ELYRIA — Police arrested 21 people in four days for various trafficking, drug, theft charges and warrants around the city this week.

Police, looking to close 15 of their open drug cases, started the arrests Monday in a sting they named “Operation Dragon.” The 15 arrests led to six more connected arrests, according to Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino.

“They’re all intertwined,” Costantino said.

Over the four days, police found 160 grams of cocaine, 30 grams of heroin, 270 grams of marijuana, 220 doses of oxycodone and Opana and nine doses of Ecstasy, according to a news release. Police also seized more than $14,000 in currency, four handguns, a Dodge Durango and an Acura MDX, which they believe were connected to drug trafficking.

All 21 people were arrested without a struggle, Costantino said.

“We’re constantly putting together investigations … several came together at the same time,” Costantino said.

In two of the cases, Costantino said the men sold drugs from their houses while children were inside. One woman, Crystal Bohannon, allowed people to do drugs in her house while children were there, he said.

“She knew there was drug abuse going on and she did nothing to stop it,” Costantino said.

Police don’t know yet whether the four weapons recovered in the arrests were stolen.

Costantino said the week of arrests shows how vigilant police are in pursuing drug abuse cases.

“We’re continuing to send a strong message that we’ll be very aggressive,” he said.

Anyone with information on drug-related incidents can call Elyria police at 323-3302.

Those arrested were:

  • Crystal Bohannon, 33, of Lake Avenue, Elyria, charged with child endangering and permitting drug abuse.
  • Ramon Clark, 30, of Melvyn Lane, Elyria, charged with trafficking heroin and possessing criminal tools.
  • Brian Foster, 25, of Vic Janowicz Drive in Elyria, picked up for an outstanding warrant from Erie County for failure to report to jail.
  • Selena Garcia, 35, of Lake Avenue, Elyria, charged with possession of crack, permitting drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Donte Griffin, 24, of Lake Avenue, Elyria, charged with two counts of trafficking in crack with a juvenile specification, trafficking crack, having weapons under disability, drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
  • Jason Harris, 30, of Griswold Road, Elyria, picked up for outstanding warrants from Elyria for theft and failure to report to jail.
  • Shaun Harris, 32, of Griswold Road, Elyria, charged with two counts of trafficking heroin and for having an outstanding warrant from Elyria for theft.
  • Damaius Kirk, 27, of West Lincoln Street, Oberlin, charged with two counts of trafficking heroin, trafficking cocaine and having weapons under disability.
  • Samantha Lemmeyer, 32, of Rosewood Street, Elyria, picked up for an outstanding warrant for theft from Elyria, and charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug abuse instruments.
  • Michael Lewis, 30, of Courtland Street, Elyria, charged with trafficking heroin.
  • Joshua Moore, 35, of Carlisle Avenue, Elyria, charged with trafficking Opana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Roy Pinkston, 28, of Leavitt Road, Lorain, charged with permitting drug abuse, two counts of trafficking heroin and trafficking Ecstasy.
  • Carrie Scholl, 30, of Floral Court, Elyria, charged with three counts of trafficking heroin.
  • Joshua D. Scott, 27, of Nelson Street, Elyria, charged with two counts of trafficking heroin.
  • Nicolaus Shores, 23, of North West River Road, Elyria, charged with possession of crack, drug paraphernalia and driving under suspension.
  • Ashley Siembida, 24, of Melvyn Lane, Elyria, picked up for two outstanding warrants through Elyria for theft.
  • Gregory Tillman, 27, of Washington Avenue, Elyria, charged with trafficking heroin.
  • Tremaine White, 24, of Middle Avenue, Elyria, charged with trafficking heroin.
  • Demann Wilson, 35, of 10th Street, Elyria, charged with two counts of trafficking heroin, trafficking cocaine, possession of cocaine, trafficking oxycodone, possession of oxycodone, trafficking marijuana and possession of marijuana.
  • Terrell Wingo, 29, of Concord Avenue, Elyria, charged with trafficking heroin and possession of criminal tools.
  • Joey Wiseman, 32, of Nelson Street, Elyria, charged with trafficking cocaine with a juvenile specification, possession of cocaine, tampering with evidence, possession of marijuana and an outstanding warrant from Elyria for domestic violence.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.


  • John Davidson

    They should take all the drug money and put it towards the mayors fireworks.
    Looks like there are more illegal drug businesses than legitimate merchants making an honest living.

    • Sis Delish

      Fireworks Fundraising Indeed! Let’s see what the current tally is on the Mayor’s Website… drum roll please..$280.53… The thermometer hasn’t moved since The Mayor appeared on TV8.

    • Phil Blank

      How about we tie each one up, one by one at the end of the pier.
      They everyone pays to take fireworks shots at them!

  • Patty Siniard Doman

    Round those losers up.

  • Pat Mcgraw

    Its good to see progress against the drug dealers. But with all these arrests, the total amoumt of drugs seems pretty low. 14 thousand in currency, that soundd like the tail being cut off the snake and not the head.

  • Willie Jenkins

    This is why they let them back out. To track them ,and lead them to others. Great investigative work.

  • Willie Jenkins

    Now what do they do with the drugs?

    • Sis Delish

      Ever use plastic worms when fishing vs. real, live bait?

      Drugs = Plastic Worms.

      • Willie Jenkins

        LOL…pretty sneaky sis

  • Sis Delish

    Anyone else see the photos appearing with this story as being similar to the opening of the TV Show, “The Brady Bunch”?

    • Bob Sweatt

      No. But know I do. LOL

  • Joe Smith

    This should be a monthly roundup

    • John Davidson

      Between Elyria and Lorain it could be a daily event.

  • golfingirl

    21 down, and 18,762 to go!

  • golfingirl

    Thought that was the Elyria High School Year Book. Class of 2010.

  • Jason M. Schmidt

    Lorain County’s finest! They should form a think tank.

  • LK1966

    Well done blue! Get that crap off the streets!!!

  • SpaceTech

    Execute ALL dealers from now on and I bet the drug problem wouldn’t be much of a problem in the future.

    • Sis Delish

      When caught smoking as a child, a punishment was to make the child smoke until it was no longer pleasurable…

      How ’bout we make each of the arrested group ingest what was found on them at the time of arrest, and call it even?

  • Myview

    Good Job Elyria Police Dept. Keep up the Spring Cleaning!

  • Phil Blank

    It would be nice if we could actually get a close-up and actually SEE who they are!
    Names mean nothing to these people, they change them like we change socks!

  • jz

    The Drug War has and never will be successful. These feel good, judging by the comments below, front page hype have been going on since Nixon declared war on drugs in I think late 60′s. It has accomplished nothing but create more violence, more profit for the highest level dealers and drugs are still readily available. This group is probably nothing but a bunch of lowest level dealers most of whom probably sell to support their own habits. LEAP, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition advocates a total abolishment of the current drug policies to a more common sense, harm reduction, overall crime reduction model that treats drug abuse as a public health problem which, at the heart of it all exactly what it is. The only thing prohibition policies have accomplished is hanging bodies from bridges in Mexico to putting these substances in to the hands of criminals willing to kill because the potential profits are so high. and why? Because prohibition creates the black market. We are more unsafe due to the drug war than the use or abuse of drugs. I know it sounds unpopular, it would seem that anyone who advocates this notion must be against law enforcement , but, that is not the case. If anything give law enforcement less crime to deal with which is partially the result of the drug war, put cops less in harms way, let them investigate child molesters, rapists, burglars etc and deal with drug abuse as a public health issue. LEAP is comprised of law enforcement personnel from all aspects, cops, narcs, prosecutors, judges, here and in other countries. Yeah, this front page article sure feels good. The problem remains.

    • golfingirl

      I suggest we observe and evaluate the impact of marijuana legalization in California, Colorado and other states before we decide.

      Seems like a logical step to make an evidence based decision.

      I really do not think heroin would ever be made legal. It is not even available through a pharmacy.

      Pain pills are legal, when prescribed and used appropriately, however, even with regulation they are misused and a huge problem.

      How would these drugs be regulated? Can’t simply allow someone to walk in and buy heroin. There will always be a black market and criminal activity around it, unless access is unlimited and cheap. Unlimited access would be a mistake, in my opinion.

      Not disagreeing, just not sure how this could ever be controlled.

      • jz

        If you go to the LEAP site there are tons of information from many sources offering ideas on how to do this in a way that causes the least amount of harm to all parties, from the addicts, to peoples neighborhoods, and yes the black market can be completely eliminated. My thought on that topic would be anyone caught, [slam dunk] case caught selling or providing to anyone under 21, no matter they have 6 months to go till they retire, no past convictions, etc, mandatory minimum 3 years prison, no probation. We know that during alcohol prohibition more alcohol was consumed per capita than before or since prohibition was repealed.The rise in higher grade marijuana was a result of spraying poison on the plants in Mexico so the entrepreneurs went indoors and cultivated a higher grade. I,m certainly not comparing alcohol to heroin. The countries that have experimented with this have proven there has been no rise in hard core drug use, and as a matter of fact we smoke more weed in our country as opposed to where it is legal. Violent crime in particular has gone down in those countries. We know most thefts, robberies, burglaries are committed by drug abusers to get the money they need and hand over to the black market dealers, who don,t care about quality control. This is not an endorsement to become a drug addict anymore than one would encourage a person be an alcoholic or smoke cigarettes. Please research LEAP and the Drug Policy Alliance.

        • golfingirl

          I’ll check it out. Thanks.

      • jz

        Put it in a medical setting like the methadone clinics in Canada. Sit in a lobby with a bunch of other addicts seeing people with white coats. Under the same roof an addict could be in a setting where when ready the suboxone, methadone, medical advice on how to ween off the opiates all there. And 10 times less the cost of the Drug War. Why do we prefer the current state of affairs with all the mayhem, crowded courts, we pay for their incarcerations, their court appointed attorneys, and we know what all else. How bad was was the pain pill abuse really? Worse than the now heroin problem? If alcohol were illegal would we have more or less problems because of that policy? I don,t want to sound insensitive but it took a cops son to overdose and in the blink of an eye cops have narcan. Coincidence? If people want to get something done the can. The people spoke in Colorado, Oregon and the other states and told the coward politicians you’re not getting off the fence here, so we the people will override you. The Drug War benefits both parties, before it benefits us.

      • Joe Smith
  • abbie

    or nahh yall need to be quite because what if that was you and i know the wiseman very well.. and im not happy with decisions hes made….

    • bdid.d

      Did you mean quiet?….

  • Brian_Reinhardt

    If the cops are calling it a “spring round up” the dealers will all get off on a technicality.

    It’s STILL winter…

  • Armed24/7

    I remember when the Capt was a rookie in the gang unit. Harrased me everyday I walked home from school/Northwood. Glad I don’t work for that department. Kudos to EPD. Prevention and community policing is key.